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John Hollingsworth advises clients on technology transactions matters.  With more than 30 years of experience representing new as well as established technology companies, he is able to use his familiarity with a broad range of structures and approaches to help solve the novel issues that arise with new technologies and business models.  He assumes that virtually every problem has a solution, if one is persistent and creative enough to find it.  He uses a pragmatic approach to help to avoid problems before they arise and to advise on strategy and risk assessment in order to successfully and efficiently complete transactions.

His services encompass all aspects of technology transactions, from helping to formulate the most efficient structure, to drafting the agreement, to strategizing, negotiating and closing the transaction.

Mr. Hollingsworth has represented technology companies in connection with a wide range of products and business models, including enterprise software application licensing, internet-based services, app development and licensing, computer networking products, chip design services, medical device manufacturing and distribution, biotechnology development and licensing, and multimedia development and publishing.

He has extensive experience in all aspects of technology development, licensing, manufacturing and distribution transactions, including:

  • Manufacturing agreements, such as contract manufacturing and ODM agreements
  • Development agreements
  • Licenses for patents, trademarks and software, both inbound and outbound
  • Distribution agreements with resellers, VARs and SIs, as well as sales agent agreements
  • Internet-related transactions, including website and app terms of service and privacy policies, and SaaS agreements
  • Open source license issues
  • E-commerce transactions

Professional Background

Mr. Hollingsworth joined GCA Law Partners as a partner in September 1993.  Before joining GCA, he was a member of the commercial group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco, and previously worked in Taiwan as a Special Foreign Counsel for the Formosa Transnational Law Office.

Mr. Hollingsworth has been a volunteer for several years at FIRST Tech Challenge and Robotics events.


He earned his J.D. from University of California College of the Law, San Francisco and his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.